American troops nearly captured wanted terrorist &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/397/14271_bush.html ' target=_blank>Abu Musab al-Zarqawi earlier this year in Iraq, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
"We were close," Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon.
Myers said he couldn't elaborate because it would be "unhelpful" to divulge operation details. He did say the intelligence in Iraq is "getting better."
Earlier in the day, Pentagon officials said troops apparently just missed getting al-Zarqawi but did net what they called a "trusted lieutenant" of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/2001/09/12/14910.html ' target=_blank>Osama bin Laden.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge